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Allama Iqbal’s 141st birthday being observed today



KARACHI: Nation will celebrate the 141st birth anniversary of poet and philosopher Allama Iqbal on Friday 9th of November. 

Various literary, educational, political, social and cultural organizations will arrange special programmes to pay homage to the national poet and highlight different aspects of his life and teachings.

LAHORE: A graceful change of guard ceremony held at Mazar-e-Iqbal.


His best literary work includes Asrar-e-Khudi, Payam-i-Mashriq, Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i-Kalim, and Armughan-e-Hijaz He passed away in Lahore on April 21, 1938. The Consul General of Iran while talking to maintained since most of his kalam was in Persian, the Iranis reckon Iqbal as their own. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistanis could achieve high distinction in the comity of the nations by understanding the concept of ‘Shaheen’ and philosophy of ‘Khudi’ of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal and adopting it in practical life.  “It is urgency of the present situation to adopt the vision of Allama Iqbal in our lives and become a lively symbol to enlighten the world through our deeds and introduce Pakistan as a developed an Islamic welfare state in the comity of nations,” the prime minister said in his message on the Iqbal Day, being observed on November 9, throughout the country with great respect. The prime minister said on this day, the whole nation and Islamic Ummah pay tributes to the Poet of the East Allama Muhammad Iqbal on his birth anniversary. He said Allama Iqbal guided Muslims of the Sub Continent at a time when they had lost their destination in the darkness of slavery. He said thoughts and thinking of Allama Iqbal illuminated such a candle of hope which not only identified the destination but the way of life to the Muslims of the Sub Continent. 

The prime minister said the creation of Pakistan was a realization of Allama Iqbal’s dream. He said Allama Iqbal’s poetry was read and understand in the entire world. He always advised the Muslims to remain united and be practical. It was farsightedness of the Poet of the East, who predicted these problems several years ago, which were faced by the Muslims in the present time, he said. The Prime Minister said thinking of Allama Iqbal about sectarianism, ideological extremism and creation of new communal groups was still today a beacon of hope for us. He said it was need of the hour to understand not only the thinking of Allama Iqbal but also practically adopting it to make Pakistan such a state, the concept of which was given by Poet of the East several years back.  The prime minister said keeping in view the importance of the day he had directed to arrange special programmes at government level for highlighting the thinking and vision of great philosopher of the subcontinent, instead of announcing a public holiday on Iqbal Day.  He said special programmes would also be arranged at schools, colleges, and educational institutions to make the young generation aware of the thinking of Allama Iqbal.

President Dr. Arif Alvi has urged the need of understanding the message of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a great philosopher, and poet of the East, and reverting his teachings and philosophy to tackle the multifaceted challenges faced by the country. “Today, the country is facing multifaceted challenges while the spirit of Islam and its message is being distorted by religious extremists and zealots. The need to understand his message and reverting to his teachings and philosophy was never as great as it is today” he added in a message on the occasion of the 141st birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal. The President said that the commemoration of the birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal was indeed an occasion not only  to recall the message that he propounded but also to ponder how far “we have been successful in following the path that was shown  to us by the great philosopher and Poet of the East.” He said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal would always be remembered not only for envisioning a separate homeland for the  Muslims of the Sub Continent but also for his remarkable contributions to understanding the true message of our religion. “He awakened the Muslims from their deep slumber and rekindled the spirit among them to seek their true identity and to discover, cultivate and assert “khudi” for an individual as well as collective progress and prosperity,” the President said. “Let us therefore on his 141st birth anniversary reiterate to continue making efforts for translating his vision into reality and strive harder for achieving ideals as envisioned by the great poet-philosopher,” he maintained.

Speakers at a dialogue “Pakistani Tehzeeb Key Khadokhaal-Fikr-i-Iqbal Ki Roshni Mein” arranged by National Language Promotion Department (NLPD) in Islamabad today said the solution of all political and social problems being faced by the country lies in the teachings and visionary thoughts of the national poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal.  The function, arranged to mark the 141st birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal, was presided over by renowned scholar, Professor Fateh Malik. Renowned literary persons including Professor Jalil Aali, Dr. Najeeba Arif, Dr. Humaira Ashfaq, Akhtar Usman, and Dr. Rashid Hameed were among the speakers besides, Director General, NLPD, Iftikhar Arif. Speaking on the occasion, Professor Fateh Malik said, Allama Iqbal, saw a dream of such a society where masses rule. He said it is very unfortunate that those societal ills which Iqbal mentioned as a reason of decline for any society exist in our society today. He said we should comprehend Iqbal’s teachings in the same context in which he wanted to make us understand. 

Iftikhar Arif said there is no other thinker or philosopher of the 20th century whose teachings and vision can shape the civilizational values of our society.  He said Iqbal’s teachings carried ways to cope with the challenges of a contemporary era as well as had a larger connection with the religion. He said it is important to strengthen the bond of the nation with the teachings of Allama Iqbal to make them a great dignified nation.  Professor Jalil Aali said Pakistan is the creation of Iqbal’s visionary thoughts.  Iqbal saw a dream of a separate homeland and united the Muslims through his powerful poetry to materialize this dream, he added. Dr. Najeeba Arif said Pakistani civilization is the combination of all regional civilizations which although have many differences but commonalities are more as compared to differences. It is the duty of our literary scholars to highlight these commonalities which are in the larger interest of our country and avoid highlighting differences for political reasons, she added.  Dr. Humaira Ashfaq said it was essential to understand Iqbal’s concept of the nation to understand his concept of civilization as civilization according to him always develops through a nation.  She said there was a need to understand Iqbal’s teaching in its true spirit and context to create a dignified society with a healthy approach.

Iqbal’s house decorated on the occasion!


Justice (Retd) Nasira Javed Iqbal addressing to a seminar to mark the 141st birth anniversary of Dr. Allama Iqbal at Nazariya-e-Pakistan Trust.


Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar visited Iqbal’s mausoleum and laid a wreath at the grave. He offered fateha and prayed for solidarity, security, progress and prosperity of the country. He also penned his impressions in the visitor’s book. The governors held that the ideals of Qauid-e-Azam Muhamamd Ali Jinnah and philosophy of Allama Iqbal were the basis of a political vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said: “We, as a nation, may maintain our individuality among the comity of nations and restore  our lost glory if we act upon Allama Iqbal’s poetry and apply it to our lives.” Ch Sarwar said we should be proud of the fact that Allama Iqbal’s thought and poetry were admired internationally. He said it was a need of the hour that political leadership gathers at one platform as per the vision of Allama Iqbal and play a role for strengthening country’s economy and security.

LAHORE: CM Punjab offers fateha at Iqbal’s tomb. 


LAHORE: A play performed at Al-Hamra.

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Sindh government seeks early release of dues worth Rs.90 billion



KARACHI: Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister for information, law and Anti Corruption, Barrister Murtaza Wahab here on Wednesday urged federal government to release province’s outstanding dues worth Rs.90 billion.

Briefing the media about the details of the media chaired by Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, he said meeting was particularly  focused on Karachi.

To a query, he said the repeated claims of Rs. 50 billion Karachi Development Package must not be used as a tool to create division among the people of Sindh.

“Dues of the province with regard to the services it provides and resources it shares must be duly cleared without any unnecessary delay,” he reiterated.

The adviser to the Sindh CM Emphasized that constitutional rights of  the province must be respected.

The meeting was attended by IGP – Sindh, Syed Kalim Imam, Karachi  Commissioner and other senior officials of concerned departments who discussed  law and order situation in the provincial capital.

CM Murad Ali Shah on the occasion was said to had advised Sindh police chief to refrain from issuing policy statements with out taking the government into confidence.

This was registered to cause confusion among the citizens and also sent wrong message with regard to implementation of law.

According to Wahab, the Chief Minister particularly directed the police chief to develop fool proof security plan for series of international events scheduled for current year, in the metropolis.

The events were said to include naval exercise, trade fairs, PSL league matches etc.

Barrister Murtaza Wahab said room for improvement always exists, yet peace in Karachi as well as in other cities of Sindh during 2018  has restored the confidence of international community which must not be overlooked.



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2019 to annihilate terrorism,extremism from the country: PUC chief



ISLAMABAD: The year 2019 will mark annihilation of terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence from Pakistan, said Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council while talking to media here Tuesday.

Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi announced that Ulema-Mashaykh Paigham e Islam Conventions will be held all over the country from January 17 adding that 4th International Message of Islam Conference will be held on March 3, 2019 at Convention Center Islamabad, in which leading Islamic scholars from Pakistan and all over Muslim world will participate.

The Conference, he said is aimed to devise a cohesive mechanism on prevailing challenges of Muslim world, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi.

He also added that Dar-ul-Afta Pakistan will start functioning in Lahore from March 2019.

The people of Pakistan and Pak-Force have been rendering enormous sacrifices to annihilate menace of terrorism and extremism from Pakistan, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi adding that Muslim Ummah has been facing challenges all over the world and prevailing scenario of crisis could only be settled with unity of Muslim world.

Ashrafi said the foundation of Muslims’ unity lies in the belief of Oneness of Allah, belief in the finality of Prophethood, loyalty with caliphs and ‘Ahl e Baith’ and commitment for defence and stability of Harmain Al Sharifain.

Pakistan Ulema Council since its inception, has been raising voice for unity of Muslim Ummah and to contain the elements misleading the Muslim youths with baseless propaganda, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi.

He said that Pakistan Ulema Council is all set to host Ulema-Mashaykh Paigham e Islam Conventions all over the country in the months of January and February.

He also added that 4th International Message of Islam Conference will be held on 3rd March 2019 at Convention Center Islamabad, in which 5000 leading Islamic scholars from Pakistan and all over the Muslim world are participating.




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Some elements creating hurdles in creation of South Punjab province: Qureshi



MULTAN: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday said some elements were creating complications and hurdles in the establishment of South Punjab province by dividing the people.

Multan, he said, was emerging as a hub of business activities in South Punjab and with the establishment of a new province, trade would further enhance in the region. The city had become another big centre of media after Lahore, he added.

The foreign minister was speaking as chief guest at a ceremony held here in honour of the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Bahauddin Zakariya University(BZU) Prof Dr Tariq Mahmood Ansari by All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran.

The minister said he was personally in favour of only one province in south Punjab. Currently, no one should think of two or more provinces, however, in future, the number of provinces could be enhanced, he added.

Qureshi said he presented the case of South Punjab province in the meetings of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf with reference to regional statistics, population of the area, good governance and devolution of powers.

The Indian Punjab was smaller than Pakistan’s Punjab, but they (India) carved out three provinces from it.

The Pakistani Punjab was even bigger than many European countries, he added.

The establishment of South Punjab province, he said, would further strengthen the federation.

Qureshi he said small provinces had also complaints against Punjab.

Politicians like Wali Khan, Bizenjo, Bugti and Mengal had always voiced that Punjab was dominating the country’s politics. If reviewed on merit and logic, the creation of South Punjab province was inevitable now, he added.




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